Met Office weather warning EXTENDED: Thunderstorms to hit parts of nation – 30mm rain

The Met Office has warned thunderstorm will batter parts of the country this afternoon and has issued a yellow weather warning. The regions and local authorities affected by the warning for thunderstorms include County Armagh, County Fermanagh, County Londonderry and County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

The warning reads: “Whilst some areas will remain dry, thunderstorms are expected to form parts of western and southern Northern Ireland this afternoon.

“Where thunderstorms occur, torrential downpours are possible with potential for 20-30 mm of rain in an hour or two.

“Frequent lightning, hail and gusty winds are also possible.

“Thunderstorms will then gradually die out this evening, perhaps most slowly in the south.”

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The Met Office has warned people in the affected areas to expect:

  • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds
  • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
  • There is a small chance that some communities become cut off by flooded roads
  • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
  • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures

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